| Originally Posted by taranyc |
hi everyone. we just got back from our weekend at dreams riviera cancun...we set it up with ana to view the site, etc. for our sept. 26th, 2010 wedding (our location and date are now changed).
arriving onsite, i was immediately happy about our decision to have our wedding at drc...the lobby was amazingly beautiful and i loved our room. everything changed when i saw the pool area and beach. all along i've been like, "those reviews cannot be right...we're different, it's going to be great regardless of the look of the pavilion...the site can't be that bad" etc. i was wrong. here are my impressions of the site and what lead us to rent a car, drive an hour farther down to dreams tulum and book our wedding there.
to begin with, the pavilion is right on top of the pool area. no matter what, you are going to have people all around you. in addition, the barracuda bar is right below it...just next to the huge kids playground swing set. the pavilion area is so small and the strange thing that you stand under looks even smaller in person. Youâ€™re there, youâ€™re getting married and just below you are tourists on swings, people in bikinis (that shouldnâ€™t be in bikinis), kids in the pool, chairs everywhere with rust orange towels on themâ€¦itâ€™s just not niceâ€¦not for your weddingâ€¦and especially not if because you are paying for a wedding and all of your guests are paying to stay there as well.
the nice thing is that the palm trees have metal star lanterns hanging from them and they look beautiful at nightâ€¦actually, the whole pool area is pretty at night and most of the people are gone by sundownâ€¦but the sure are there when youâ€™re saying your vows. we saw a couple of receptions out there and they looked nice (on the pool deck). they will add lighting if you ask for itâ€¦one reception had a buffet and all along it were the hanging tin stars behind a thin gauze of light blue silkâ€¦it was really pretty.
we had the opportunity to see a wedding on the beach (the first row of chairs were not removed yet). It was a small wedding (appx. 10-15 people), but they were right on top of the guests lounging in the sun. there was an older man sitting right next to the wedding in a speed-oâ€¦just too much. the best part was when the group of drunk 40-somethings walked by (mid-ceremony) in nothing buy their bikinis, frozen drinks in hand and started to woo hoo. itâ€™s just not my thing and that pretty much put the nail in the coffin regarding my wedding at drc. I cannot begin to tell you how upset I was over all of this. I remember when I first found the resortâ€¦I was so excited, it looked so perfect online.
one thingâ€¦iâ€™ve read that there is a more private place to have the ceremony, but I did not see that on the beach. The beach itself is rather small and very packed. Noteâ€¦the ceremony area is just off the palapa rows next to the kids swing set/slide area.
in the end, we didnâ€™t even meet with anaâ€¦we knew our first day that this was not the place for us. I would suggest that you do a site tour (if you canâ€¦ana will work with you on rates for the weekend visit).
we ended up going down to dreams tulum (we had visited once before) and met with aurora who gave us a tour. the beach site is great because itâ€™s away from the crowdâ€¦there are so many options for the receptionâ€¦ooh, and there is a beautiful chapel that looks like rustic mexico (I donâ€™t think it even needs decoration inside). dreams tulum felt more fun and lively than drc (Iâ€™m not sure how to describe it...drc was just blah) and the beach is larger. while beautiful, the resort and itâ€™s wedding areas seemed so cramped and overcrowdedâ€¦it wasnâ€™t even at full capacity. the guests I saw (during the wedding at drc) couldnâ€™t have care less that someone was getting marriedâ€¦they just sat there, had phone conversations, ordered drinksâ€¦it was so sad.
Iâ€™m sorry to go onâ€¦I wrestled with how much I should say. this has been a great thread and Iâ€™m sorry to leave itâ€¦the drc brides have been a great resource for info and ideas. thank you all! xo, tara
Wow! I did a site visit and thought I made a good decision about DRC. Though I have to agree with the wedding site. I still feel as though this needs to be improved. Ana assures me that she will put up reserved signs around the palapas and said that she was going to propose they remove the first row (not sure if this will get approved). Would you mind if I copy your review into an email to Ana? I sent over another review that I had read. I figure I'll keep sending them over so she can see that the lack of privacy continues to be an issue.
I like your suggestion about putting the ceremony on the other side of the resort. I think that makes a lot of sense! I may suggest that myself. They've got to get it right eventually. Weddings are a HUGE part of their business. They can't just put up with all of these bad reviews and not attempt to make improvements. I just hope they can do it by May. For those of you getting married next fall...I wouldn't worry. They've got to figure something out by then.